Obituary: Paulette Bertot Keating

1924-2019

Paulette Bertot Keating
Paulette Bertot Keating

She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and bless her. (Prov. 31: 27-28a)
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Paulette Bertot Keating, resident of La Cañada Flintridge beginning in 1957 and beloved matriarch of the extended Keating family, passed away peacefully on March 30.
Paulette was born in 1924 in Price, Utah, to immigrant parents from Italy and France. She graduated from Carbon College (now called College of Eastern Utah) and was working as a secretary in Salt Lake City when she met and soon thereafter became the faithful wife of well-known La Cañada Flintridge figure Joe Keating. Married for 39 years until Joe’s death in 1984, Paulette and Joe lived, worked and lovingly raised a family in Great Neck, New York; Birmingham, Michigan; and, eventually, La Cañada Flintridge.
Paulette and Joe were active members of the La Cañada Flintridge community and St. Bede Church. Paulette served for many years in organizations such as the Kiwanis, Assistance League (as self-described “chief envelope stuffer”), the Italian Catholic Federation and the Skidettes, who prepared lunches for the homeless. Paulette played a supportive but integral role in assisting Joe build their meat business, Glen-Joe. She was a devoted mother (and constant chauffeur!) of seven children, all of whom attended La Cañada Flintridge schools, as well as a frequent host to her and Joe’s many friends in their home on Redwillow Lane. She and Joe also spent countless memorable moments at their beach house in Dana Point. Paulette was a talented pianist and near-fluent French speaker. She was blessed with grace, dignity, wit, sense of humor, sweetness of character and a gentle and caring spirit, and she will be truly missed. Paulette was indeed “une grande dame.”
Paulette is survived by her seven children — Patrick (Santa Cruz), Kevin (Altadena), Suzette McGonigal and spouse Terry (Spokane), Dennis and spouse Marsha (Escondido), Nanette Brown and spouse Fritz (Altadena), Christopher (Canyon Country), and Michael and spouse Nancy (Palos Verdes); 21 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for Monday, April 8, at 11 a.m. at Cabot & Sons in Pasadena. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada, Assistance League of Flintridge or St. Bede Church.

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